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SFGate.com : Solar plane lands in Ariz., 1st leg of major trip

PHOENIX (AP) — Flying for several hours after sundown, a solar-powered airplane landed in Phoenix early Saturday morning on the first leg of a cross-country trip.

The Solar Impulse — considered the world’s most-advanced sun-powered plane — set down about 12:30 a.m. at Sky Harbor Airport, completing part of a journey that its pilot described as a “milestone” in aviation history.

Its creators said the trip is the first attempt by a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel to fly across America.

The plane left Moffett Field in Mountain View near San Francisco just after dawn Friday.

Video posted on the expedition’s website showed a smiling pilot Bertrand Piccard shortly after landing, as he waved to well-wishers and held up a flag emblazoned with the Solar Impulse name.

“It’s a little bit like being in a dream,” Piccard said as he stepped on the tarmac.

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